How can Ontario achieve net zero, cost-effectively and reliably?

As our climate changes, getting to net zero has never been more important. The most cost-effective way to achieve net-zero emissions while optimizing energy reliability is an integrated  path that leverages both the electricity and natural gas systems.

The path to net zero

Transportation, building heat and industrial processes are the largest sources of Ontario’s emissions. To achieve emissions reduction goals in these sectors, clean energy solutions should incorporate a mix of energy conservation, renewable electricity and gases, clean heating and transportation technologies and advances in innovation such as carbon capture.

Enbridge Gas is collaborating to advance innovative, integrated energy solutions and:

  • Reliably meet our energy needs, even on the coldest days.
  • Meet the energy needs of industries like concrete and steel production, and heavy transportation, which can’t be practically electrified.
  • Minimize costs for energy consumers.
  • Help municipalities meet their climate goals.

 

Transportation

Transportation is the largest source of emissions* in Ontario. While electrification will play a significant role in providing clean power for personal and light-duty vehicles, Enbridge Gas is driving cleaner fuels and low-emission technologies forward for vehicles that can’t be practically electrified, including:

Compressed natural gas (CNG)

Low-emission fuel for fleets and heavy transport.

Renewable natural gas (RNG)

A carbon-neutral fuel produced from organic waste.

Hydrogen

Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells power heavy transport vehicles sustainably.

Buildings

Heat for buildings is the second-largest source of emissions in Ontario. To empower buildings to use less energy and incorporate cleaner fuels and technologies, Enbridge Gas is advancing solutions to help integrate:

Energy conservation

Energy efficiency programs and building code changes for more sustainable buildings.

Energy sources

A mix of solar, wind, hydrogen and renewable natural gas, to power clean heating and cooling systems reliably and cost effectively.

Heating and cooling systems

Heat pumps, hybrid heating and solar to heat and cool homes sustainably and reliably. Clean, reliable technologies such as geothermal systems and district energy  for larger buildings.

Industrial processes

Industrial processes are the third-largest source of emissions in Ontario. Industry is critical to Ontario’s economy and growth. We’re working together to scale and accelerate sustainable solutions, such as:

Energy conservation

Energy efficiency programs can significantly reduce energy use for businesses of all sizes.

Electrification

Light industry can be electrified in order to produce the goods we need, sustainably.

Renewable gases

Producing carbon-neutral renewable natural gas from organic waste and advancing renewable hydrogen created from surplus electricity for processes that can’t be electrified.

Carbon capture

A safe, clean way to capture emissions from heavy industry and store them permanently deep underground.

Why we’re optimistic about a clean energy future

“What excites me most about the energy transition is all the new sustainable technologies that are coming to the forefront each day. And Enbridge is really at the leading edge of that. We have the infrastructure and people to make these projects happen,“ says Brian Lennie, Senior Advisor, Municipal and Stakeholder Engagement, Enbridge Gas.

Visit enbridgegas.com/sustainability to watch our videos and see how energy systems are evolving.

*Ontario’s 2019 emission sources.

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